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Bebop Spoken There

Greg Abate: "So many sounds are ugly now. There are no harmonics, no chords. What do people hear these days? Why do things have to change from that good music?" (JazzTimes June/July 2022)

The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST! -- Holly Cooper:"Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Monday, November 08, 2021

The Cookers live streaming from Keystone Korner, Baltimore - Nov. 7

Billy Harper (tenor sax); Donald Harrison (alto sax); Eddie Henderson (trumpet); David Weiss (trumpet); George Cables (piano); Cecil McBee (double bass); Billy Hart (drums)

The Cookers were in the home straight, the third and final day of a residency at Keystone Korner in Baltimore. Three of six concert performances were streamed across the globe, this 5:00pm (EST) set the last opportunity to logon. The all-star seven piece ensemble has shared a stage with just about every significant name of the last half century, their  collective - as yet 'not out' - innings on Planet Earth totaling in excess of five hundred years! 

The set comprised of compositions almost exclusively from within the band, the line-up largely that which twice appeared at Sage Gateshead (Jaleel Shaw depping for Donald Harrison, Danny Grissett on one occasion for George Cables). MC David Weiss made the introductions, the man himself no mean trumpet player. Billy Harper's The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart pulsated with George Cables' McCoy Tyner-like voicings, aided and abetted by Billy Hart's nod to Elvin Jones in the very same legendary Coltrane outfit. Harper's Croquet Ballet, as played on Tyneside, verged on hard bop territory, although somewhat refined. McBee's Close to You Alone featured alto saxophonist Donald Harrison in a show-stealing performance, his extended coda a thing of beauty. To close out the set,  Freddie Hubbard's The Core (a Jazz Messengers' chart circa '65), Harper taking on Wayne Shorter's tenor sax part and featuring the eighty years young drum master Billy Hart. Russell               
    
Set list: The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart (comp. Billy Harper); Peacemaker (Cecil McBee); Croquet Ballet (comp. Billy Harper); Close to You Alone (comp. Cecil McBee); The Core (comp. Freddie Hubbard).     

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